Social Impact Abie Award

Nominations are closed.

*Open to women whose work is making a positive impact on society as a whole, especially in underserved communities and developing nations.

The Social Impact Abie Award recognizes those making a positive impact on society as a whole via technology. Nominees may have developed technology that caused social change or empowered underrepresented peoples.

Award Prizes

  • Recipients of the Social Impact Abie Award are honored by the technical women’s community at Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) and invited to give a presentation on their work and accomplishments at the Celebration.
  • Winners receive an all-expense paid trip to GHC.
  • The award includes a cash prize of $10,000.

Past winners of this award include:

  • Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam, a Robert J. Carr Professor of Engineering who directs the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies at Duke University.
  • Tülin Akin, Co-founder of Tabit/Tarimsal Pazarlama, and who is building an information platform in Turkey to help the country’s 3 million farm families, especially women, participate in the economy.
  • Sarah Revi Sterling, who created communications systems for women off the cellular and electrical grid in East Africa.

Meet our 2019 winner.


  • September 24, 2018: Nomination open
  • February 13, 2019: Nominations close at 5 p.m. PT

Selection Criteria

The award winner has helped create or implement a disruptive technology that expands opportunities for women and improves the quality of life within society. Nominees are evaluated based on the following:

  1. Impact on women: How has women’s empowerment increased through the technology, or how has women’s influence over technology increased?
  2. Impact on society: What is the degree and type of social change? Consider the scope of the impact, the level of innovation, and visibility of social change.
  3. Sustainability and scalability of the efforts

Supporting Documents

You will need to submit:

  • Two letters of reference from professional contacts of the nominee
    • Endorsers should be chosen to represent a range of perspectives and institutions and provide additional insights or evidence of the candidate’s impact. Each letter should focus on the accomplishments which that endorser can attest to and place in context.
  • The nominee’s biography (maximum of 500 words)
  • A two to three page statement of merit from the nominator
    • Nominators are preferably recognized members of the community who are not from the same organization as the candidate and who can address the candidate’s contributions outside their organization.
  • The nominee’s CV or resume
  • Landscape orientation high resolution photograph of the nominee (minimum of 5MB JPG)